Chapter 25: Epilogue; Our Happy Ending
I sit down in the restaurant where I told Honor to meet up with me and I feel nervous. How am I going to tell her what I did, what we did? How is she going to react?
"Logan!" Honor says. You can really see she's pregnant now.
"Hi Honor." I say and I sound somewhat stiff, but it's not every day I'm going to tell her this kind of news.
"Okay, you wanted to talk … so talk!" Honor says cheery when she sits down in the chair in front of me.
"Did I say I wanted to talk?" I ask and Honor nods with a smile. "Oh, right … uhm … okay, you have to promise me not to freak out or to be mad or … just promise me you'll listen to me before you judge me, okay?"
Honor frowns. "Scouts honour." She says and sighs. "Please tell me you didn't do anything stupid again."
I smile. "I didn't. At least … I don't think I did anything stupid." I say and Honor nods slowly. "Okay … so … you know that Rory said 'yes' to my proposal and you know everything went completely fast. It's a week later, she's moved in with me and … and we eloped."
Honor blinks a few times and she nods. "Okay, that's … wow! That's big! Oh! I'm so happy for you! Give me a hug!" She says and I almost fall off my chair in surprise.
"That wasn't exactly the reaction I expected." I say when Honor hugs me tight.
"Oh, I'm sorry! Do you want me to scream at you? Do you want me to tell you how extremely irresponsible you were? Do you want me to tell you it's going to be a big scandal in Hartford?" She asks and I shake my head. "I didn't think you would and I'll leave that to mom, she'd love to tell you so." She says and I just grin.
"Yeah. I guess she would." I say and Honor sits down again.
"I can't believe it! You're married! My little brother is a husband! A husband to someone who I actually like and who has a brain! I'm so proud of you! So happy!" She says with a big smile plastered on her face.
"I'm really happy to hear you say these words, Honor." I say honestly and Honor smiles.
"I know and I'm happy you shared this with me. But … where is your lovely newly-wedded wife?" She asks and looks around as if she expects to see Rory sitting at another table.
"Uhm … she decided to do the hard part. Convincing her grandmother it is no big deal and that we're still having a wedding party which she may organise." I say and Honor bits her lip.
"And you let her go on her own? You coward!" She says and I just shrug.
"Hey! She said it would be better to face Emily on her own with her mom at her side." I say and Honor nods.
"So … what did Lorelai say about all of this?" She asks and I swallow.
"Actually … Lorelai was there when we eloped." I say and Honor nods, but I see a glimpse of hurt in her eyes. "I know you would have liked to be there, but I thought … in your condition …" I say and Honor shakes her head while she smiles slightly.
"Don't talk about 'my condition'. It's no excuse!" She says and I nod.
"I know, but … we were in Vegas and you were so far away. What if something had happened on the plane?" I ask and Honor smiles warmly.
"I appreciate your concern, but I still would have liked to be there. I could have asked Josh to drive me there!" She says and I nod.
"I know and he would, but … I ran out of buts. I was just … worried." I say and Honor nods.
"I know and don't worry. Just leave me the biggest piece of cake at your wedding party planned by Emily and I'll be perfectly happy!" She says and I smile.
"I'll leave you to whole cake if you'd like." I say and Honor grins.
"I like your brain, little brother!" She says and I just smile.
Wanting The Loved One
"It's a scandal! Everyone in Hartford is going to avoid us for months! They'll think you're pregnant!" My grandmother says and begins one of her rants. "It's awful! How could you do this to your grandparents? We raised you better! I always thought you had your responsibilities, but I suppose I was wrong."
"Grandma, I didn't mean to hurt you and grandpa. I just did it, because I'm in love and I wanted to marry Logan as soon as possible." I try to explain, but my grandmother just sighs.
"I never said anything about being hurt. I'm not hurt; I just care about our reputation. Your reputation! What if it's ruined and no one will ever talk to you again?" She says and I see my mom roll with her eyes.
"Oh, come on, mother! We both know that you would have loved to be there to celebrate your granddaughter's elopement! You want her to be happy and the bonus is; you get to plan her wedding party! Isn't that everything you've always wanted?" My mom asks and my grandmother smiles slightly.
"Well, I do like the idea of planning her wedding party." She says me and my mom smile.
"I'm so happy to hear you're happy for me, grandma. I couldn't have really enjoyed this time if you wouldn't be happy for me." I say and my grandmother smiles.
"Well, I suppose I always liked the idea of his blond hair and your blue eyes on a baby." She says and my mom and I gasp.
"Grandma! I just got married!" I say and my grandmother sighs.
"I don't know why you two just don't start with children already. You two love children and you want children! Why wait?" She asks and my mom smiles.
"You want Rory to have a career just as much as me and Rory, mom." My mom says and my grandmother sighs again.
"Well, I suppose you could wait with children for a year or two." She say and I smile.
"Thank you, grandma. It's been really nice to be here, but … I have to go. Logan wants to take me somewhere and he doesn't want to tell me where and I'm so curious! I just have to know!" I say and my grandmother nods.
"Of course! I wouldn't stop the two of you from going out together! It's very important to do things together when you're married." She says and I hear my mom gasp.
"She may go? When I have something to do you force me to stay!" She says and my grandmother glares at her.
"That's because you're not married." She says and my mom snorts.
"Sorry, mom! But I'm sure you and grandma are going to have a lot of fun together!" I say and my grandmother smiles.
"We will. Now go and enjoy your evening with your husband!" She says and smiles dreamily. "The first year of marriage is the best one."
I roll my eyes and walk away while I say good-bye.
Wanting The Loved One
"Logan! Where are you taking me? You know I hate to be blindfolded and I hate surprises!" She says and I laugh out loud.
"I'm not going to tell you, Ace. I hate to ruin the surprise and you love surprises!" I say and Rory snorts.
"You're so not going to have your way with me tonight." She says a bit irritated and I smile. Typically Rory. She's so anxious to find out what's the surprise.
"You know … you can take of the blindfold now." When I stop in front of our destination.
She quickly frees herself from the blindfold and frowns when she sees where we are. "A pub … you brought me here just to go to a pub? You blindfolded me just to go to a pub?" She almost yells and I grin.
"Well … it isn't really just a pub." I say and Rory raises her eyebrows. "It's a place where I've spent a lot of my time over the past years and I just want to share this with you, I want you to meet someone. Well, actually … I want someone to meet you."
Rory nods slowly. "Okay, I think I get it. Let's go inside, because I'm very curious to find out who you want to meet me." She says and steps out of the car. I smile and slowly follow her outside. "So, is this your head quarter? Are you going to lock me up and burn the building? Is the 'pub-look' just to make me feel safe?"
I grin. "Damn. You got me!" I say and Rory smiles.
"Just tell me some more! You're being so secretive. Who's this person you want me to meet?" She asks when we walk inside.
"Well, well … isn't this a surprise! Mate! You're back here and you are bringing someone! A girl nonetheless!" I hear the cheery barman say and I smile.
"I know you hate it when I usually show up, but it's different this time." I say and the barman grins.
"That's a pity. I always like the stories you told about your miserable life, but it's also good to finally see you smile a real smile, a happy smile." He says and I nod.
"I know. I am happy. I'm really happy and that's all because of this woman." I say and push Rory towards the bar. "This is Rory, my Ace."
The barman grins widely and begins to laugh. "Oh boy, you finally decided to do something with the advice I gave? Very pleased to meet you miss." He says and Rory smiles.
"It's great to meet you too, but I think you know a lot more about me as I know about you. In fact … I don't know anything about you. So … what kind of advice did you give him?" She asks and I just smile.
"I told him to tell you what he felt for you instead of telling me his drunken tales about the woman he loved and lost by his own stupid mistake." He says and Rory smiles wider.
"Well, I guess your advice helped." She says and sends me a happy smile. "We're married, well … we eloped, but we're still having a wedding party. Would you like to come?"
I gasp. "Ace! You just met the guy!" I say and Rory shrugs.
"He's important to you, I can see it in your eyes and he's been there to listen to your miserable drunken tales the least you could do is thank him!" She says and I nod.
"I know, but … maybe he doesn't want to …" I say, but the barman interrupts me.
"I would love to come to your fancy wedding party, mate. I consider you as a friend and it's normal for friends to be at their friends wedding." He says and Rory grins.
"That's great! I'm so happy you agreed!" She says and sits down on one of the bar chairs. "Now, tell me more about my husband. I missed him for a few years and I'd like to know how he was."
"Rory, please … the man has his work to do." I say and the barman laughs.
"He's embarrassed. Every night he came here he ended up drunk, because of you. He missed you a lot and I found it hard to see him in pain. I tried to make him laugh once in a while and it worked, but he always ended up talking and dreaming about you again." He says and smiles at me. "You've found a good one, Logan, I like her."
Rory blushes a bit and I grab her hand. "I know. She's amazing." I say and Rory rolls with her eyes.
"I'm still not going to forgive you for blindfolding me, Logan!" She says and we all laugh.
But when we stop laughing I sigh. "Look, you've been a great friend for me through all those miserable years. I know I was a pain in the neck sometimes and I just want to tell you I'm entirely grateful for not kicking me out of the pub."
The barman nods. "I was happy to have some company and I'm happy to see you found peace." He says and Rory sighs.
"Oh! I wish I had brought a camera!" She says and I roll with my eyes.
"You made too many pictures these days already!" I say and Rory just shakes her head.
"These are the first days of our marriage! I just want to show everyone how happy we are!" She says and I just shake my head.
"I see you truly found your soul mate, mate." The barman says and I look up at him.
"Oh, yes I did. I really did." I say and kiss Rory's cheek.
I've found peace in my life. I've a wonderful wife, my career is going well and maybe one day there will be kids too. Now I'm just content with the way things are and I'm happy to have finally found my happy ending; our happy ending.
My dear readers,
I'm so grateful that you read my story and I'm really honoured you all did. You gave me these fantastic reviews and I hope I gave you the happy ending you wanted for the two of them. The show didn't give them a happy ending, but in our hearts they'll always have one, right?
Thank you so much for everything and I hope you'll read my other stories too. I'm writing a new one already 'All I Wanted'. I'll post it on later this evening. Maybe you'll like that one too, maybe you won't. You'll see.
Again … thank you so much and I hope you really enjoyed this story.